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Illinois Rivers Project
10:05 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Ameren Choosing Corridor for Transmission Line

The proposed corridor is highlighted in green
Ameren Transmission

Ameren Choosing Corridor for Transmission Line

Ameren wants to build a transmission line from eastern Missouri to western Indiana. It would run right through Illinois -- including portions of this region -- and is called the Illinois Rivers Project.

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Governor Will Sign Bill
9:07 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Illinois Legislative Scholarships Eliminated

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (HB 3810) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.

The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.

Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said the waiver program is outdated.

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Simple changes can prevent run-off
3:21 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Flood Mitigation Begins in the Backyard

A new study says “extreme storms,”  with over three inches of rainfall,  in the Midwest have doubled in frequency over the last 50 years. The study ties that frequency to an increased risk of flooding.

The study sponsors say flood mitigation efforts begin at home.

Rainfall can be absorbed by plants and soil anchored by deep root systems. Some simple measures can greatly reduce the amount of run-off that leads to flooding.

Natural Resources Defense Council Policy Analyst Karen Hobbs says a neat, green lawn is terrible at retaining water.

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4 dead, 8 injured near Burlington
12:06 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Names Released in Fatal Boat Collision

The victims of a boat collision early Saturday morning near Burlington have been identified.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the bodies of Matthew House, 21, Jacob Boyd, 22, Caitlyn Atchley, 20, and Blake Eakins, 21 were found Sunday morning.  They were all from Burlington.

The agency says the collision occurred in the O’Donnell Slough area of the Mississippi River.

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Monmouth-Roseville will retain aides
10:17 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Intervention Program Shows Results

The Monmouth-Roseville School Board believes the district's  Response to Intervention program deserves more time to prove its worth.
Superintendent Paul Woehlke says,  despite budget concerns, it's a good move to retain the seven aides in the program.

The goal of RTI is keep students who are failing academically in regular classrooms.

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